Learning how to develop a voice in writing requires lots of practice. Getting that voice to be clear and consistent requires even more work. After you write a piece, it’s important to listen to how your writing sounds.
It’s OK if your voice in writing sounds different than your regular speaking voice. My own writing voice is substantially different from my speaking voice. This is true for many people. Of course, if you use voice recognition software, it would be very much the same.
In my experience, I’d rather type than vocalize my writing. That’s because I can work a keyboard far more quickly than I can talk. Recently, though, I’ve been doing a bit more of the speech to text, with mixed results. Still, vocalizing your writing can be a useful tool in developing your voice in writing. It’s only one way, though.
As long as you can speak to people effectively through your words, then you are developing a good voice in writing. Recently, though, I’ve noticed people saying it’s not so much about your voice, as much as you’re actually saying something. There’s a good point there.
I think the best way to develop your voice, in both speaking and writing, is to pretend you are talking to a friend. How would you discuss or explain a subject with a dear friend or relative? Talk, or write, like that. It makes things come a bit more naturally.
In my case, my brain often moves far more quickly than my mouth. I often can’t keep up with what I’m thinking. Because of that, sometimes ideas come out very awkwardly when I try to talk through something. This is why I prefer to write.
I know this is true for a lot of people. When I try to dictate writing, it’s a lot more scattered than when I purely type. Using my voice for writing is a skill I hope to improve upon some day. But, I do prefer typing, after all.
Then again, when I just ramble sometimes, I realize some ideas that I didn’t know I had. So, there’s pros and cons to pure writing and speech-to-text.
Even when instant messaging through a platform like Facebook, I find that I’m still far more articulate than in everyday conversation. I’m still able to express things a lot more succinctly than with speech. This is because my words can flow through messaging more quickly than they could ever come out of my mouth.
Still, trust me, finding my own unique voice in writing took me quite a while. All of the many instant messenger sessions and notebook scribblings I’ve had over the years certainly helped in finding my writing voice. Even as an experienced writer, I continue to develop my writing voice with every article I write. You never stop learning how to become a better speaker and writer.
How did you learn to find your own voice, whether it’s in writing or speaking, or both?
~ Amelia <3